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She’s in: Sandra Fluke to run for Henry Waxman’s congressional seat in California

Reproductive health care advocate Sandra Fluke has filed papers to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in California. According to the Washington Post, the former Georgetown University student is running in the Democratic primary to fill the seat left vacant by the retirement of Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA). A…

Rep. Waxman: Make industry pay for carbon emissions

By Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian The way Henry Waxman sees it, Congress faces two huge challenges: cutting the deficit and protecting the country from the worst consequences of climate change. Why not act on both together? Cutting the US government deficit and protecting the country from the worst consequences of…

House GOPers push back on insurance coverage for birth control

Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Human Services announced new guidelines requiring insurance companies to cover contraceptive services free of charge. But on Wednesday, a House subcommittee opened a hearing into the new guidelines, with Republicans arguing that that mandate does not offer a broad enough opt-out rule for religious groups and…

House Democrats shelve net neutrality proposal

House Democrats have shelved a last-ditch effort to broker a compromise between phone, cable and Internet companies on rules that would prohibit broadband providers from blocking or degrading online traffic flowing over their networks. House Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., abandoned the effort late Wednesday in the face of…

Multiple warning signs preceded BP blast: inquiry

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Multiple warnings signs preceded an explosion that tore through a BP-leased oil rig, killing 11 and precipitating a massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, US lawmakers have said. Citing a preliminary BP inquiry into the disaster, Representatives Henry Waxman and Bart Stupak said there were…

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